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So Blue Marble Paperback – 28 Sep 1979

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Product details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; New edition edition (28 Sept. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553120743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553120745
  • Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Book Description

'An author with a flair for terror' The New Yorker. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dorothy B. Hughes was an acclaimed crime novelist and literary critic, her style falling into the hard-boiled and noir genres of mystery writing. Born in Kansas City, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri, and her initial literary output consisted of collections of poetry. Hughes' first mystery novel, The So Blue Marble, was published in 1940 and was hailed as the arrival of a great new talent in the field. Her writing proved to be both critically and commercially successful, and three of her novels - The Fallen Sparrow, Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place - were made into major films. Hughes' taught, suspenseful detective novels are reminiscent of the work of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and fellow The Murder Room author Margaret Millar. In 1951, Hughes was awarded an Edgar award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism and, in 1978, she received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. She died in Oregon in 1993. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Captain Pike TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2016
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I loved Dorothy Hughes' novel 'In a Lonely Place' and was eager to explore her backlist, but I picked the wrong place to start. 'The So Blue Marble' has one of the most utterly bonkers plots of any book I've read and what it gains in originality and imagination, it loses in plausibility.

I didn't believe in any of the characters and found their strangely casual behaviour quite baffling.

This is an early work and it shows. However, I don't regret reading it, as I still enjoyed the evocation of New York in the early 1940s. Also, although the book had many faults, at least it wasn't predictable.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster ride 1 May 2017
By Marshall T. Schwartzman - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike some of Dorothy B. Hughes's darker noir fiction that I've read (see my review of Ride the Pink Horse), "The So Blue Marble" is more lighthearted and plot-driven--sometimes ridiculously so. As more than one reviewer here has noted, there is a curiously implausible, comic-book-like quality to the characters and storyline (I half-expected Superman to come bursting through the wall), but Hughes keeps the reader engaged with so many twists and turns that this short (180-page) pulp romp really does qualify as a page-turner. Easily read in one sitting on a weekend afternoon, and while not as weighty as some of her later works, still a good deal of literary fun.
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-and-only mystery-thriller. 13 Mar. 2016
By Alexander M. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a 1940 thriller-mystery of utter, still striking originality. Its mystery is what's the blue marble; it's thrills how will our heroine survive, it's uniqueness the elimination of threat from deeply warped super rich kids and an avatar of the impending German threat. The style is elegant in narration and in invocation of Its 1940-ish Park and Madison Avenue world, although this subtly surreal world is more stylized than the LA of In a Lonely Place or the Southwest of Expendable Man. (Two other Hughes masterpieces). I liked it more that the very well reputed Ride a Pink Horse. Hughes is a Chandler era author to be consider for her own volume in the Library of America.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 May 2017
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If it's Dorothy B Hughes it is 5 Star and indeed Blue Marble is!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad that I purchased it as a used book 16 Oct. 2015
By Michael Langmaid - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm giving this two stars because the actual prose is accomplished, although the dialogue is unintentionally comical, unrealistic, and cartoonish. About a third of the way through I began to wonder whether this was an early attempt—it was/is, being her first novel. It was so unlike the three other books that I have read of hers. A couple other low-starred reviews have already noted that the plot is a howler, not-to-be-believed, and the characters could have stepped out of a pre-adolescent's comic book. I'm glad that I purchased it as a used book. It now gets passed along to a resale shop.

Unless you're unabashedly intent on reading Hughes' omnibus, I would recommend skipping this pathetic attempt at a suspense or mystery novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite different plot and story. Entertaining 12 Oct. 2014
By Betty Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like a little different twist and turn story with a rather disturbing plot and a surprise ending you will enjoy reading this.
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